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US fears Syrian chemical weapons falling to extremists: Power

Published on Sep 5, 2014 6:38 AM
Containers of Syrian chemical weapons from a Danish freighter are transferred to a US military ship ahead of their destruction at sea in the port of Gioia Tauro, southern Italy on July 2, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

UNITED NATIONS, United States (AFP) - The United States expressed concern on Thursday that undeclared Syrian chemical weapons could fall into the hands of Islamic extremists.

US Ambassador Samantha Power raised the concerns as a joint UN and Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons mission winds up an drive to eliminate Syria's chemical arsenal.

The mission is supposed to formally conclude its work by September 30, but its chief Sigrid Kaag said there were still "discrepancies and questions" related to Syria's weapons declarations.

"The international community must continue to press for a resolution of all discrepancies and omissions," said Ms Power.

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